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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Did You Know...

- That 62 years ago today (1947 for those of you without calculators or strong SAT Math scores) the Thoroughbred Racing Associations approved the use of lip tatoos as a method of identifying thoroughbred racehorses.

- That 30 years ago today at Waterford Park (now known as Mountaineer) trainer J.C. Williams saddled eight winners in twelve entries (and he owned seven of the eight winners!). How amazing is that.

- That according to the origin of "Fat Tuesday" is believed to have come from the ancient Pagan custom of parading a fat ox through the town streets. Such Pagan holidays were filled with excessive eating, drinking and general bawdiness prior to a period of fasting. Since the modern day Carvinal Season is sandwiched between Christmas and Lent, with Christmas Day being December 25 on the Gregorian Calendar as set by the Roman Catholic Church, this means that other Holy Days are "floating" in nature. Easter always falls on a Sunday, but it can be any Sunday from March 23 through April 25, its actual date being the Sunday which follows the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. Mardi Gras is always 47 days prior to this alloted Sunday (the 40 days of Lent plus seven Sundays)." Got Beads?

Happy Fat Tuesday!

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